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Warning of new risk to security at UK borders after Brexit
21 Oct 2017 at 5:00am
BRITAIN faces ?trading off? security at its borders for speedy processing to ease the flow of people and goods into the country post Brexit, a spending watchdog has warned.

Britain's EU divorce bill could near £50bn, suggests Macron
21 Oct 2017 at 12:01am
EMMANUEL Macron has suggested Britain?s EU divorce bill should be near £50 billion, saying Theresa May?s initial offer of £20bn was ?not even halfway there?.

Brexit analysis: in the end it will all come down to cash
21 Oct 2017 at 12:01am
SHOW me the money.

Unspun: the political diary
21 Oct 2017 at 5:07am
SNP nightingale Joan McAlpine got into a spot of bother at Holyrood?s Festival of Politics on Thursday by claiming the UK single market doesn?t exist. That would be the same integrated economy Unionists have been banging on about for years - the one they say independence would upend. The Borders MSP then compounded the irony when she urged the audience to go see another festival event about the ?Death of the Expert?. She should know.

Tom Gordon: Sarwar's baggage is burying him in Labour leadership race
21 Oct 2017 at 5:10am
WITH Hallowe?en approaching, let me share something genuinely frightening. There are still four weeks left in the Scottish Labour leadership contest.

SNP MSP 'leaves reality' with claim UK single market doesn't exist
20 Oct 2017 at 5:13am
A SENIOR Nationalist MSP has been accused of parting company with reality after claiming there is no such thing as the UK single market.

Greens "leading the change in Scottish politics", says Harvie
21 Oct 2017 at 5:00am
THE Scottish Greens are driving change in Scottish politics, Patrick Harvie will tell his party today, as he points to a growing list of policies embraced by the SNP Government.

Fall in borrowing gives Chancellor pre-Budget boost
20 Oct 2017 at 11:47am
CHANCELLOR Philip Hammond has been handed a boost to the public finances ahead of November's Budget as UK Government borrowing fell to its lowest level in a decade last month.

Merkel offers May hope of trade talks in December
19 Oct 2017 at 7:31pm
ANGELA Merkel has lifted the UK Government?s mood at the two-day EU summit by saying there were "encouraging" signs that talks on the future UK/EU trade relationship could begin in December.

LibDem MSP will not be prosecuted over election spending
19 Oct 2017 at 6:00pm
THE Liberal Democrat MSP Alex Cole-Hamilton will not be prosecuted over his Holyrood election expenses, the Crown Office has confirmed.

'Growing up poor in Glasgow made me a Tory', says party rising star
19 Oct 2017 at 3:31pm
THIS is not how things are supposed to be. Thomas Kerr, 21, grew up in a high rise in one of the most deprived parts of Glasgow. Both his parents were drug addicts. From the age of six, it was Thomas who was looking after his mum rather than the other way around. It was a hard life; sometimes there was no proper food in the house, often there was no money. And yet who did he have a picture of hanging on his bedroom wall? Margaret Thatcher, because Thomas Kerr is a Conservative.

MPs to debate the prospect of Scottish independence
19 Oct 2017 at 4:52pm
THE topic of whether or not there should be another referendum on Scottish independence is to be debated by MPs next month.

MPs to probe how well UK immigration policy works in Scotland
20 Oct 2017 at 5:00am
THE Commons Scottish Affairs Committee has today launched an inquiry into how effective UK immigration policy is in Scotland.

Sturgeon plan to link social policies and economic growth
20 Oct 2017 at 5:12am
NICOLA Sturgeon will today set out plans to grow Scotland's GDP and tackle inequality with social policies allied to economic growth.

SNP says it will "ensure" smacking ban becomes law
19 Oct 2017 at 5:10am
PARENTS in Scotland are to be banned from smacking their children, SNP ministers have confirmed.



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Oil workers still don?t trust revamped helicopter
21 Oct 2017 at 11:45pm
MSPs will this week warn that offshore workers still have to be convinced of the safety of the Super Puma helicopter following a crash that claimed the lives of 13 people.

Insight: Bake Off and the irresistible rise of Ruth Davidson
21 Oct 2017 at 11:43pm
Ruth Davidson and The Great British Bake Off are the perfect match: like scones and clotted cream or apple pie and custard, they play to each other’s strengths. The Scottish Tory leader exudes a seaside sauciness: l’esprit de Skegness, if you like. You can already imagine her waving a rolling pin provocatively in the direction of Sandi Toksvig or bemoaning her flaccid doughballs.

Scottish Labour ?risks being Unite branch?
21 Oct 2017 at 11:23pm
The scale of Unite’s bid to influence the outcome of the Labour leadership contest is emerging with evidence the party is being swamped by members signing up to vote.

easyJet flies into Scots banknote storm
21 Oct 2017 at 11:06pm
Easyjet is training cabin crew to recognise Scottish banknotes after a passenger’s attempt to make an onboard purchase with Scottish money was turned down.

Bill Jamieson: Chancellor relies on Bank?s tender mercies
21 Oct 2017 at 11:04pm
Seldom has a UK chancellor been in greater need of an economic uplift. Retail spending growth is slowing. The service sector is losing momentum. Business investment has been hit by deepening concern over a Brexit “cliff edge”.

Stephen Jardine: It?s no yolk: Eggs are officially good for us
21 Oct 2017 at 6:00am
What do we all eat? When you think about it, there aren’t many foods that unite young and old, male and female, rich and poor. Perhaps bread – but then there is a big difference between white sliced and special sourdough. Most people will have a can of beans in the cupboard, but is it baked or fancy borlotti? It takes a very special food to deserve a place in every kitchen in the land – and that is the humble egg.

Tories claim Patrick Harvie?s Green tail is wagging the SNP dog
21 Oct 2017 at 6:00am
Patrick Harvie will today claim bans on smacking and fracking and the imposition of 20mph speed limits demonstrate that the Greens are persuading Scotland to embrace its radical left-wing agenda.

Peter Smaill: Inclusive growth for Scotland by excluding the rich? It does no...
21 Oct 2017 at 6:00am
The latest strapline from our visionary Scottish Government was celebrated at an invitation-only conference in Glasgow yesterday. Yes, we want economic growth, it proclaims; but no, we don’t want a gulf between rich and poor.

Theresa May told concessions needed for to trade talks with EU
21 Oct 2017 at 6:00am
European Union leaders have made clear to Prime Minister Theresa May that she must make more concessions on Britain’s Brexit “divorce payment” in order to unlock talks on a future trading relationship with the bloc.

Leader comment: Smart politics ? but beware voter backlash
21 Oct 2017 at 6:00am
Co-convener of the Scottish Greens, Patrick Harvie, will have an added spring in his step as prepares to his address his party’s autumn conference in Edinburgh today.

Primary pupils as young as 7 to ?inspect? their school
20 Oct 2017 at 9:09pm
Pupils as young as seven could act as “inspectors” in Scotland’s schools under new ­proposals from Education Scotland.

Primary pupils to ?inspect? their schools
20 Oct 2017 at 5:25pm
Pupils as young as seven could act as ‘school inspectors’ in Scotland’s schools under new proposals from Education Scotland.

Donald Trump ?fearmongering? with UK Islamic terror comments
20 Oct 2017 at 4:31pm
Donald Trump has been accused of ignorance after controversially linking an increase in recorded crime with the “spread of radical Islamic terror” in the UK.

Female Labour MPs condemn Clive Lewis for ?inexcusable? remark
20 Oct 2017 at 3:58pm
A senior Labour MP has apologised after a video emerged in which he made derogatory comments.

Michael Fallon hits out at ?miserable? SNP over Clyde shipyards
20 Oct 2017 at 3:19pm
Defence secretary Sir Michael Fallon has hailed the prosperity of the Clyde shipyards and dismissed concerns from the SNP over future orders as ‘miserable’.

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Ticking off the boxes
by Chris Cairns
21 Oct 2017 at 6:55am

An apology to the Daily Record
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
20 Oct 2017 at 9:31am
Yesterday we noted the remarkable lack of coverage in the Scottish press about the workforce at BAE Systems in Govan being stabbed in the back yet again over UK government warship orders, with five Type 31 frigates promised to the yard (to replace five more expensive Type 26s) now going to Merseyside instead. We claimed that …

We don?t see no ships
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
19 Oct 2017 at 12:18pm
With the matter of the UK government’s orders for warships to be built on the Clyde having been such a vexed and contentious one over the last few years, you’d think that any significant developments in the story would be big news in Scotland. So yesterday, when it was revealed that BAE systems definitely wouldn’t …

Anas Sarwar Fact Check
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
19 Oct 2017 at 10:27am
Quite a few remarkable things were said on last night’s STV debate between the two prospective leaders of the Labour Party branch office in Scotland. This one, though, was especially striking. That’s Anas Sarwar denying three times that he was a part of the “Better Together” campaign with the Tories. A startled Colin Mackay claims …

The missing half of the equation
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
18 Oct 2017 at 7:00pm
Readers will doubtless be startled to hear that today’s Scottish newspapers have taken a somewhat misleading approach to the facts on one of the day’s big stories. Several of them report the findings of a commission looking into the idea of a Citizen’s (or Universal) Basic Income, a scheme which pays every adult in the …

The 52%-empty glass
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
18 Oct 2017 at 12:54pm
Investigative site The Ferret this afternoon published a report into the Scottish Futures Trust, the SNP’s replacement for Labour’s cripplingly costly PFI projects. The report was undertaken by Jim and Margaret Cuthbert, a pair of economists well regarded in nationalist circles, and makes some interesting if vague comments about downsides that MIGHT, in theory, exist …

Changing their hearts and minds
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
18 Oct 2017 at 11:14am
We long ago gave up expecting any sort of principled consistency from the Scottish Tories. Whether it was Ruth “line in the sand, no more powers” Davidson magically morphing into a champion of extended devolution, or suddenly reversing her position on free prescriptions, the party is now almost as fluid on policy as Scottish Labour. The …

Life In Sardinia
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
17 Oct 2017 at 3:18pm
The Guardian today on Ruth Davidson’s legendary commitment to the day job: And an action shot of those packed-in crowds two weeks ago: We hope nobody was injured in the crush.

The evolution of news
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
17 Oct 2017 at 10:14am
A story on the BBC website last night: The same story this morning: The first version is entirely accurate. Readers can decide for themselves why someone at the BBC felt it needed to be changed from neutral terms to pejorative ones.

An indecent interval
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
15 Oct 2017 at 12:15pm
The Conservative Home website ran this yesterday. Alert readers, of course, will be able to explain at least one Scottish teaching vacancy. (For some context, incidentally, there are 50,970 teachers employed in Scotland in 2,542 schools. If we assume the figure of 700 vacancies is correct, that means that 98.6% of available positions are currently occupied, …

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Scottish Greens list demands for budget support
21 Oct 2017 at 3:22pm
The Scottish Green Party co-convener sets out a list of demands for the SNP ahead of the 2018 budget.

Defence Secretary says Clyde shipyard's have 'certainty'
20 Oct 2017 at 4:03pm
Sir Michael Fallon claimed no other industry had as much certainty as shipbuilders on the Clyde.

Consultation to seek views on national investment bank
20 Oct 2017 at 4:28pm
A public consultation is to be launched on the detail of how it could support the Scottish economy.

MPs to study effect of immigration policy on Scotland
20 Oct 2017 at 12:18am
Westminster's Scottish Affairs Committee is to look at how Brexit might affect immigration in Scotland.

'No proceedings' against Lib Dem MSP over election case
19 Oct 2017 at 6:00pm
Prosecutors say there will be no proceedings against Alex Cole-Hamilton over claims he broke electoral law.

Smacking to be banned in Scotland
19 Oct 2017 at 10:44am
The move would make the country the first part of the UK to outlaw the physical punishment of children.

Subsidy for Scotland's ferry services doubles over 10 years
19 Oct 2017 at 12:48am
Audit Scotland warns a long-term strategy is needed to ensure services continue to meet passenger needs.

Scots haggis exports to Canada to resume after 46 years
19 Oct 2017 at 10:01am
Haggis is to be exported from Scotland to Canada for the first time in 46 years thanks to a new recipe.

Scotland only part of UK to hit A&E target
18 Oct 2017 at 9:10am
Hospital performance slumps across UK with staff warning hitting key targets now an 'impossible' job.

Theresa May defends football referee Tory MP Douglas Ross
18 Oct 2017 at 1:39pm
Douglas Ross is to miss a debate on universal credit because he is officiating in a Champions League match.

Theresa May to scrap universal credit helpline charges
18 Oct 2017 at 11:19pm
But PM rejects Labour's calls to pause the new benefit's roll-out as she loses symbolic Commons vote.

Scottish unemployment rises by 9,000
18 Oct 2017 at 12:06pm
ONS figures show the Scottish unemployment rate rose by 0.3% in the three months to August.

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It's getting close to unspoofable now
by James Kelly
19 Oct 2017 at 8:52pm
Another day, another ill-judged analysis of Scottish politics from Stormfront Lite's Bedfordshire-based editor Mike Smithson, known fondly to thousands of East Dunbartonshire residents as an 'impar...

Europe is being slow to realise that it needs Spain to lose
by James Kelly
18 Oct 2017 at 3:41pm
Just a quick note to let you know that I have a new article at the TalkRadio website, about what Nicola Sturgeon is likely to say and do in response to the Spanish crackdown on democracy.  You can ...

For the seventy-ninth time, yes, the SNP can be counted on to bring about an ...
by James Kelly
18 Oct 2017 at 9:57am
Oh for the love of God.  The latest from Stormfront Lite -"Remember that the SNP, which opposed the 2017 election cannot be counted on to support any move which could prematurely cut its already re...

SNP vote increases by 6% in Inverurie by-election
by James Kelly
13 Oct 2017 at 12:57pm
Just for once we have an STV by-election result where the classification of "hold" is not misleading - the Tories were defending the Inverurie seat, and also comfortably won the popular vote in the...

Unethical constitutions deserve no respect
by James Kelly
10 Oct 2017 at 5:21pm
A guest post by Al SkinnerSpain?s vicious authoritarian response to the referendum in Catalonia got me thinking about constitutions. The constant refrain from Madrid is that the plebiscite was in v...

New Scottish poll is "unmitigated disaster" for Ruth Davidson as Tories slip ...
by James Kelly
9 Oct 2017 at 4:32pm
It's a hat-trick, folks - and in more ways than one.  YouGov's new poll is the third full-scale Scottish poll since the general election, and all three have shown that the SNP's support in Westmins...

Stunning rebuke for Ruth Davidson as new YouGov poll gives SNP a mammoth SEVE...
by James Kelly
7 Oct 2017 at 10:39am
Kenny "Devo or Death" Farquharson is full of beans this morning about a new full-scale Scottish poll that his publication has commissioned from YouGov, and which he says shows that "Nicola Sturgeon...

No wonder the Mail kept it a secret : their September poll gave the SNP a hug...
by James Kelly
6 Oct 2017 at 10:21pm
You might remember a few weeks ago that the Daily Mail published a full-scale Scottish poll from Survation, showing that the SNP were maintaining a considerable lead in Scottish Parliament voting i...

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Leadership voting rules are farcical as SNP councillor signs up to vote in co...
by Record View
21 Oct 2017 at 6:00am
One day, and in the not too distant future, the wheel will turn again and some kind of balance and sanity will be introduced to Labour's election rules.

Labour MP Clive Lewis apologises after 'get on your knees b****' rant
by Torcuil Crichton
21 Oct 2017 at 6:00am
The Labour Party have condemned the Norwich South MP for his 'inexcusable' remark directed at a female member of the audience during an event.

Scottish Labour leadership race descends into farce as SNP councillor signs u...
by David Clegg
21 Oct 2017 at 6:00am
Marie McNair, who sits on West Dunbartonshire Council for the nationalists, registered as an affiliated Labour supporter through the Unison trade union.

Theresa May refuses to rule out doubling Britain's Brexit divorce bill to bre...
by Torcuil Crichton
21 Oct 2017 at 6:00am
The Prime Minister failed three times to deny she had offered billions more to EU leaders after they declared “insufficient progress” had been made.

It?s grim being Prime Minister with clock ticking down on UK?s departure date...
by Torcuil Crichton
20 Oct 2017 at 6:00am
This week we learned that the Bill to move EU law into UK law will not even come back to the Commons until after the November break.

Scottish Tory red-carded as he snubs Commons debate to referee Champions Leag...
by Torcuil Crichton
19 Oct 2017 at 6:00am
Theresa May was forced to defend Douglas Ross after the Moray MP decided to run the line at a match in Barcelona rather than turn up for a showdown over universal credit.

Cruel Donald Trump made promise to dad of murdered Afghanistan hero and didn'...
by Steve Robson
19 Oct 2017 at 1:13am
The President's treatment of US military families is coming under increased scrutiny

Ferret Fact Check examines Humza Yousaf's claim UK government has left Scots ...
by Record Reporter
18 Oct 2017 at 10:30pm
The Record and the Ferret Fact Service, is running the rule over the truthfulness of politicians' bold statements.

Donald Trump's vile comment to pregnant widow of US soldier moments before sh...
by Steve Robson
18 Oct 2017 at 8:10am
The President disgraced himself again at a time he was supposed to be comforting heartbroken Myeshia Johnson

UK Government's despicable 'rape clause' faces High Court challenge as campai...
by David Clegg
18 Oct 2017 at 6:00am
The Child Poverty Action Group claims the policy is discriminatory and breaches the right to a private and family life under human rights law.

Michael Greenwell

So long as men worship the Caesars and Napoleons, Caesars and Napoleons will duly arise and make them miserable. - Aldous Huxley

Ruth Davidson In Being Wrong/Lying Shocker
by michaelgreenwell
20 Oct 2017 at 9:36am
Just because you say something in a convincing tone of voice, it does not mean it is true… Advertisements

Scottish Independence Podcast Extra ? A Labour Promise
by michaelgreenwell
18 Oct 2017 at 9:02am

Scottish Independence Podcast 160 ? Ian Hamilton QC
by michaelgreenwell
15 Oct 2017 at 6:33pm
The 160th episode of The Scottish Independence Podcast is an interview with Ian Hamilton QC, probably most known for going down to London with some friends and /taking back/stealing/repatriating/borrowing (delete as you wish) The Stone of Destiny/Scone. I have always wanted to have him on the show but unfortunately it wasn’t me that got to …

Worth A Post Of Its Own ? 3
by michaelgreenwell
12 Oct 2017 at 8:25am
Two Labour people amazingly found EXACTLY the same words to endorse their candidate. Remarkable. It’s almost like the time when two world leaders wrote exactly the same speech to endorse the Iraq war (also supported by Labour). Here are some other things that were worth a post of their own.

Tory Govt Launches New ?No Deal? Brexit Economic Plan
by michaelgreenwell
10 Oct 2017 at 7:40pm

Nonsensical Rifle Addiction
by michaelgreenwell
10 Oct 2017 at 7:08pm
Quite a nice video…

Scottish Independence Podcast 159 ? Colin Fox at the Edinburgh SNP Club
by michaelgreenwell
7 Oct 2017 at 3:11pm
The 159th episode of The Scottish Independence Podcast features a talk given at the Edinburgh SNP Club last night by Colin Fox of the SSP. Colin always speaks well and this time was no different. As well as being his usual genial self however, he also spoke about some of the difficulties the independence movement …

Sky Falling On Our Heads
by michaelgreenwell
3 Oct 2017 at 7:56am
Just very occasionally when you turn on Sky News it seems like their reporting can be reasonable, and sometimes it even seems to be the best of the bad bunch that we have. However, other times it is so far wrong that it undoes any good work they may have done… Source

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by Bella Caledonia Editor
20 Oct 2017 at 7:28pm
An interview with Bella editor Mike Small about the plans to develop the project ...

El carrer serà sempre nostre (The streets are always ours)
by Bella Caledonia Editor
20 Oct 2017 at 1:03pm
Catalonia is no mirror to Scotland, but it is worth reflecting on similar themes argues Steve Rusthon

On Being Reasonable
by Bella Caledonia Editor
20 Oct 2017 at 11:42am
In a victory for the Scottish Parliament that will stand next to the smoking ban as a social policy achievement – today is a victory for Green MSP John Finnie and a host of children’s charities – as we agree that it’s wrong to assault our children. If it seems incredible that we should be …

Not the German Ukip
by Bella Caledonia Editor
20 Oct 2017 at 10:09am
Not the German Ukip: The AfD and the new struggle against fascism in Germany. On the night that the Alternative for Germany (AfD) recorded its 12.6 per cent seat breakthrough, thousands of protesters gathered outside its election celebration at a swanky bar in Alexanderplatz. Julia Damphouse, a member of the anti-racist Coalition Berlin attended the …

Backing Bella
by Bella Caledonia Editor
19 Oct 2017 at 10:18pm
Readers and writers have been responding to Bella’s tenth anniversary and fundraising appeal. Here’s Rona MacDonald … * Donate to support Bella here. Thank you.

A Rough Guide to a Rough Media
by Bella Caledonia Editor
18 Oct 2017 at 11:16pm
  Slightly better news from the OECD, if you can find it in the world?s most beautiful country On the morning that the Herald did itself credit by running a piece on an OECD (Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development) report  which notes positive performance in the Scottish economy, I looked around to see where …

Weinstein Syndrome: Drivers and Accomplices
by Bella Caledonia Editor
18 Oct 2017 at 10:32am
Harvey Weinstein is not a sex addict. We need to take the word sex out of the equation. Get rid of the prurience and titillation here. Get rid of the pot plants and bathrobes and sordid details. See things for what they are. He is a power addict. At present there is no rehab for that...

Political Prisoners in Catalonia
by Bella Caledonia Editor
17 Oct 2017 at 11:23pm
An Open Letter from ANC Scotland (the Scottish branch of the Catalan National Assembly). On the evening of 16 October, the presidents of the Catalan National Assembly (ANC) and Òmnium Cultural (ÒC), the two biggest grassroots organizations fighting for independence and self-determination for Catalonia, were sent to prison, accused of sedition because they organised demonstrations …

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Calls for UK-wide ban on smacking children after Scottish move
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
19 Oct 2017 at 3:18pm
Children?s commissioners of all four nations welcome confirmation Scotland will give minors same legal protection as adultsThe children?s commissioners of Scotland, England, Wales and Northern Ireland are calling for a UK-wide change in the law after the Scottish government confirmed its support ...

Call for inquiry into privately financed public projects in Scotland
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
18 Oct 2017 at 5:40pm
Contracts including for schools, hospitals and roads shrouded in secrecy and offer poor value for probable £7.6bn cost to taxpayers, say expertsAn expert report has raised concerns about unjustified secrecy and poor value for money in privately financed projects in Scotland.The report by two seni...

Rising star: Ruth Davidson to appear on Great British Bake Off
by Caroline Davies
17 Oct 2017 at 12:32pm
Scottish Conservative leader will take part in charity special of Channel 4 programme to raise money for Stand Up to CancerFresh from packing them in at the Conservative party conference, Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson?s profile is set be further raised with an appearance on a celebri...

MPs severely criticise DWP for withholding information on 'very bad' universa...
by Andrew Sparrow
16 Oct 2017 at 5:37pm
Rolling coverage of the day?s political developments as they happenNo 10 lobby briefing - SummaryAfternoon summary 5.37pm BST Let us be clear, the deal is working. What could today have been another North Korean crisis in the heart of the Middle East has instead been one problem that that region ...

Scottish government set to refuse consent for Brexit bill over 'power-grab'
by Jessica Elgot Political reporter
16 Oct 2017 at 5:16pm
Scottish and Welsh administrations want more changes to EU withdrawal bill to avoid Westminster ?power-grab? on devolved policy areasThe Scottish government is set to refuse consent for the EU withdrawal bill unless it is significantly amended to protect devolution, after crunch talks with Theres...

Ministers warned of constitutional crisis risk over EU withdrawal bill
by Jessica Elgot
16 Oct 2017 at 12:01am
Senior figures in Welsh and Scottish governments say consent will not be given without amendments to devolve powersMinisters have been warned they must amend the EU withdrawal bill to curtail any possibility of a power grab away from the Scottish and Welsh devolved administrations or risk a const...

Theresa May gives first interview since conference speech - as it happened
by Andrew Sparrow and Kevin Rawlinson
10 Oct 2017 at 6:12pm
Rolling coverage of Theresa May?s LBC interview and the last day of the SNP conferenceNicola Sturgeon?s conference speech - Snap verdict 6.12pm BST The prime minister faced the public for the first time since her party conference speech.She said talks needed to continue to determine the exact cir...

Sturgeon proposes cheap, state-owned energy for Scotland
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
10 Oct 2017 at 5:21pm
Energy plan is one of several aimed at boosting SNP?s appeal to rural and leftwing voters after party lost Westminster seatsNicola Sturgeon has pledged to set up a state-owned energy company in Scotland to offer cheaper power to homeowners, as she seeks to restore her battered party?s confidence....

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El cop d?estat
Madrid has pressed the constitutional nuclear button and has announced that it’s going to dissolve the institutions of Catalan self-government and impose direct rule. The pro-independence Catalan media is describing it as a cop d’estat – a coup d’etat – against Catalonia by a Spanish government which is already holding two high profile independentistas as …

The pot plants of Brexit
We’re at that phase in the Brexit talks where the EU has realised that further rebuffs of Theresa May would be very like repeatedly kicking a small and particularly dense puppy which persists in doing Jackie Baillies all over a very expensive rug. Any more kicks and the puppy is likely to expire, and then …

The only way out of the darkness
If you’re old enough, you might remember the fall of the Berlin Wall, and then several years later the election of a Labour government after long and dark decades of Tory rule that crushed the soul, took a blowtorch to hope, and destroyed communities. The 90s were when many people really did have reason to …

Ruth?s soggy bottom
Well that’s it. Time to give up and go home. I don’t mean the independence campaign, Scotland needs it more than ever now. I mean serious political commentary – although thankfully this blog has never specialised in the serious. How can you be serious when the biggest piece of political news in Scotland today is …

The fantasies of a trailer park government
The UK government apparently knows more about the effects of Brexit than it’s prepared to reveal. This isn’t a good sign. If the effects were going to be just absolutely wonderful they’d be plastered all over the pages of the Tories’ favourite pro-Brexit propaganda sheets. According to a former aide to David Davis, the Brexit …

Brexit the Movie
A new movie has been released, Blade Runner 2049, which depicts a dark and dystopian future. It’s basically post-Brexit North Lanarkshire with Harrison Ford and special effects and some really high tech. The dystopia is already here. It’s just that there’s bugger all that’s artistic or Oscar worthy about it, and the most technically complex …

Hypothetical situations
It’s not getting any better for Theresa May. It’s not getting any better for the rest of us either as Theresa and her not so merry band of Tory malignities drive us all closer and closer to the inevitable precipice, but at least we can enjoy a spot of Schadenfreude at Theresa’s difficulties along the …

The worst panto ever
We’re lurching ever closer to the precipice, crashing out of the EU with no deal being struck. Theresa May claims that the ball is now in the EU’s court. The EU looks back and says, “Eh, no. Your problem. You fix it. The ball is in your court.” It’s a whole load of balls as …

The National

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Scottish law centre leads global plea for dialogue between Catalonia and Spain
EDINBURGH?S Centre for Constitutional Law has taken the lead in an international call by constitutional experts for a dialogue between the governments of Spain and Catalonia.

Wee Ginger Dug: Building the case for indy in Scotland is a DIY job, so let?s...
THE core of independence is independence of thought and action. If we want an independent Scotland in which citizens are empowered, in which ordinary people have voices that are heard, we need to put those principles into action in the campaign which achieves Scottish independence.

Brexit trade talks could start in December ... if UK promises to pay 'divorce...
EUROPE is ready to start talking trade with the UK in December, as long as Britain pays its debts.

Public are asked to help shape Scotland's National Investment Bank
NICOLA Sturgeon has asked the Scottish public to set the priorities for Scotland?s National Investment Bank.

Union steward blasts Defence Secretary Michael Fallon over shipbuilding polic...
A SENIOR Glasgow shipyard shop steward has blasted the UK Government?s policy on building naval vessels as Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon visited the Clyde.

Millionaire denies he took Kremlin money to fund Brexit campaign
MILLIONAIRE Brexit backer Arron Banks has dismissed claims he was financed by Russia as a ?piece of nonsense?.

Plaid Cymru to back second referendum in event of no-deal Brexit
PLAID Cymru leader Leanne Wood has said her party will back a second referendum on the EU, if the UK Government fails to agree a trade deal.

Major series on Westminster?s mismanagement of North Sea oil all next week in...
HE is one of the most knowledgeable academics associated with the energy sector; his outspoken views on it take no prisoners and on Monday Professor Alex Russell will start a six-part series on the North Sea oil and gas industry.

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Scottish and Uk Politics

Shettleston Elects Tory Councillor ? Scottish Media Ecstatic ? Major Breakthr...
          Thomas Kerr: Shettleston councillor: growing up poor in Glasgow made me a Tory His view of politics in Glasgow is warped and confused. Some of his quotes: ?Beforehand, when you were working class, you went into the mines, or the shipyards,? he says. ?Margaret Thatcher opened up a big inbox … Continue reading "Shettleston Elects Tory Councillor – Scottish Media Ecstatic – Major Breakth...

Tory Party Election Debacle Forces 74 Year Old Tory MSP and Aberdeen City Cou...
          Tory Party Election Debacle Forces 74 Year Old Tory MSP and Aberdeen City       Councillor Pensioner To Give Up, Sailing, Scuba Diving, Swimming and Hill Walking and other Retirement Pastimes Born in 1943, Businessman, Robert Gordon University lecturer, Justice of the peace and city councillor Tom Mason retired in 2012 to … Continue reading "Tory Party Election Debacle Forces 74 Year ...

No Country in History has ever rejected Independence ? Until Scotland in 2014...
The biggest study yet of how Scotland made its historic decision on September 18 has found that the votes of people born outside Scotland were crucial to the result. While 52.7 per cent of native-born Scots voted Yes, a massive 72.1 per cent of voters from England, Wales or Northern Ireland backed the Union. There … Continue reading "No Country in History has ever rejected Independence – Until ...

North Lanarkshire Labour / Tory Unholy Alliance Fought Tooth and Nail to Deny...
            May 2017: North Lanarkshire Labour Party Fiefdom North Lanarkshire is the fourth largest Scottish local authority, located in west central Scotland, between Edinburgh and Glasgow. It covers an area of 47,358 and serves a population of 328,000 people. Party insiders are on record as saying that: ?if Labour lose … Continue reading "North Lanarkshire Labour / Tory Unholy Alliance Fough...

National Farmers Union Suckered by the Tory Party Yet Again After it Contract...
        2 Oct 2017: Kick in the Teeth for the Farmers Union as Tory Party Contracts Foreign sugar company to sponsor its conference The Conservative Party is under fire from angry farmers after allowing a major US sugar company to sponsor its conference in Manchester. US sugar company Tate & Lyle Sugars, … Continue reading "National Farmers Union Suckered by the Tory Party Yet Again After it Co...

Post Brexit ? Food Standards to be Compiled ? Introduced and Monitored Throug...
          2000: New Labour created a non-ministerial government department ? the Food Standards Agency (FSA) After the collapse in public trust triggered by a number of high-profile outbreaks and deaths from food borne illness including the BSE crisis, civil servants within the then Ministry of Agriculture Food and Fisheries were perceived … Continue reading "Post Brexit – Food Standards to be ...

BBC Environment Podcasts ? Informative If Biased ? Well Worth Listening In ? ...
          Environment reporting by the British Biased Corporation (BBC) Audio podcasts covering the daily news of food, farming, fishing, the countryside and the environment with analysis and context from the BBC’s experts in the field. An extract of podcasts reporting on subjects relevant to Scotland. Listeners should track to the subject … Continue reading "BBC Environment Podcasts – Informat...

Tales From the Backside ? Lies Spies and Naked Thighs ? News and Current Affa...
          20 Sep 2017: BBC News and Current Affairs Scotland Staff and Presenters Are Guilty of Presenting Information Biased Against Scotland Eleven years after exposure to the public that blatant bias is doctored into news bulletins and documentary reports the BBC News & Current Affairs Division of the corporation still actively … Continue reading "Tales From the Backside – Lies Spies and Nak...

Lallans Peat Worrier

Lallands Peat Worrier
Cogitations from a Cranachan Cairn

Sewel: no "constitutional safeguard", just a "self-denying ordinance..."
By any reckoning, Richard Keen QC is an uncommonly political lawyer. Former Dean of the Faculty of Advocates, and now the UK government's chief adviser on Scots law, Ruth Davidson appointed him chairman of the Scottish Tories in 2013. While in office, he reportedly summoned the party's MSPs to his "small castle", and subjected them all to a dres...

"A quintessential matter of political judgment for Westminster..."
Last Friday, the Lord Advocate published the Scottish Government's intervention in the ongoing Brexit litigation before the UK Supreme Court. James Wolffe QC weighed in behind the Divisional Court's judgment, arguing that the royal prerogative cannot lawfully be used to trigger Article 50. But Scotland's senior law officer also ranged beyond tha...

"Ane absolute power to Cass, Annull & Dissable -- Contrair to Law..."
Last night, the Lord Advocate James Wolffe QC published the Scottish Government's written intervention in the Article 50 litigation. The case is scheduled to be heard by all eleven of the UK Supreme Court's Justices between the 5th and 8th of December.  It is, as you'd expect, a weighty legal document which you may not find instantly digestible....

Lord Carloway's right to silence
Earlier this year, the Scottish Parliament's Justice Committee launched an inquiry into "the role and purpose of the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service," to focus on:"... its core role and examine the effectiveness and efficiency of the COPFS, how well it works with its stakeholders, and the support it provides to witnesses and victims o...

Escaping the Mire
Longstanding readers of this blog know what I think about the Offensive Behaviour at Football Act, and the events which led to its introduction. Alex Salmond seized on an Old Firm fracas in 2011, arguing that this so-called "shame game" required special legal measures.Elected with a majority in the Holyrood election of that year, there was no re...

Legally, can Holyrood "block" Brexit?
"100 days on from the referendum and with up to six months until the triggering of Article 50 it is time the government got serious and put our economic interests and membership of the single market at the front of their negotiating plans. With a clear majority in the Scottish Parliament for retaining membership of the single market - expressed ...

19th September, 2014
On the 19th of September 2014, I wrote a piece entitled ?under the low sky.? It is an evocative line ? stolen ? from a book I read years ago about the experience of living in the Netherlands, where the horizon presses down on you, without the thrown elbows of mountains to keep it at bay. But the phrase seemed apt to the slate-grey Glasgow aftern...

A Bill for Criminal Letters
"Criminal Letters" sounds like a pot-boiler crime novel, written by one of Agatha Christie's less talented impersonators.  But in Scots law, this evocative phrase has a more precise meaning. The overwhelming majority of criminal cases in this country are pursued by the Procurator Fiscal, prosecuting individuals in the public interest, under the ...

Gerry Hassan

Gerry Hassan ? writing, research, policy and ideas
writing, research, policy and ideas

Is Scotland really a social democratic country?
Is Scotland really a social democratic country? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, October 18th 2017 At last week?s SNP conference in the middle of her keynote speech, Nicola Sturgeon asked: ?What kind of country do we want to be?? She wasn?t expecting an answer, and seemed surprised when a member of the party faithful shouted out …

Is this the end game for Theresa May and Tory Britain?
Is this the end game for Theresa May and Tory Britain? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, October 11th 2017 The British Conservatives have for most of their history been an impressively successful political force, winning elections and forming the UK government on its own or in coalition for two-thirds of the 20th and 21st centuries. It …

Scottish Independence in the Age of Dirsruption: Big Questions for the SNP, L...
Scottish Independence in the Age of Disruption: Big Questions for the SNP, Labour and Tories Gerry Hassan LSE Politics Blog, October 9th 2017 Scottish politics are in a strange place at the moment – not one of calm, but of transition with the future uncertain. After several years of high-octane politics, and the twin peaks …

Catalonia and Scotland are very different: The complex struggle for self-dete...
Catalonia and Scotland are very different: The complex struggle for self-determination Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, October 4th 2017 There are many reasons to be thankful for living in Scotland. This came home to roost in the last week with the Catalan referendum, the experience of the Iraqi Kurds voting on independence, and even, more dramatically, …

Politics is becoming a battle of ideas again, but the Tories look a spent force
Politics is becoming a battle of ideas again, but the Tories look a spent force Gerry Hassan The Herald, October 4th 2017 The Conservative Party love to tell themselves they are one of the most successful parties electorally in the Western world. Chancellor Philip Hammond was giving Tories this reassuring message on Monday. But this …

Labour could be the future but is feeling a bit too self-satisfied with itself
Labour could be the future but is feeling a bit too self-satisfied with itself Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, September 26th 2017 This week the Labour Party Conference gathered in Brighton. It hasn?t been in such good spirits for many a year – with the highest membership of any party in Europe, and the biggest increase …

Where have all the leaders gone?
Where have all the leaders gone? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, September 20th 2017 We have a problem with leaders – specifically, a dearth of them in Scotland, the UK and most of the Western world. There is a crisis of authority, trust and legitimacy with, for some, populism, trusting instincts and voicing your inner rage …

Twenty years on maybe it is time to move on from devolution
Twenty years on maybe it is time to move on from devolution Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, September 13th 2017 Twenty years ago this week Scotland held a referendum and voted decisively for a Scottish Parliament and for it to have tax-raising powers. This anniversary provides an opportunity to look back and assess what the last …

Scotland and Independence

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Maajid Nawaz Nails The Nationalist Hypocrisy Of Brexit, Scotland And Cataloni...

Maajid Nawaz Nails The Nationalist Hypocrisy Of Brexit, Scotland And Catalonia
Maajid Nawaz identified a hypocrisy in the logic of supporting Catalan independence but not doing the same for Scotland as well as supporting Brexit. He said those three positions were not harmonious, and adopting them indicated a political agenda.
Leader: Democracy on trial in Catalan crisisThe Scotsman

Alex Salmond to appear at Scottish independence rally in Edinburgh ... - The ...

The Scotsman
Alex Salmond to appear at Scottish independence rally in Edinburgh ...
The Scotsman
Alex Salmond will be among the speakers at a major gathering of independence supporters taking place in Edinburgh next month.
Scottish Independence Convention announces line-up for largest ...CommonSpace
Alex Salmond to deliver address at Scottish Independence ...Aberdeen Evening Express

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Why Brexit and Catalonia Could Rekindle Scotland's Independence Movement - Da...

Daily Signal
Why Brexit and Catalonia Could Rekindle Scotland's Independence Movement
Daily Signal
EDINBURGH, Scotland?Scottish nationalists' dreams of independence from the United Kingdom have gotten a fresh set of legs due to the tandem effects of Catalonia's ongoing gambit for independence from Spain, and Britain's floundering, ongoing Brexit ...
2022 should be 'earliest date for Scottish indepe...

Scottish independence slips into hibernation - Financial Times

Financial Times
Scottish independence slips into hibernation
Financial Times
In the wake of Scotland's unsuccessful independence referendum three years ago, the outgoing leader of the Scottish National party, Alex Salmond, declared that ?for Scotland the campaign continues and the dream will never die?. His dream of breaking ...
'There will be!' SNP deputy promises another Scottish independence vot...

MPs to debate pros and cons of indyref2 next month - HeraldScotland

MPs to debate pros and cons of indyref2 next month
THE topic of whether or not there should be another referendum on Scottish independence is to be debated by MPs next month. The Commons debate on Monday November 13 has come about because of two petitions from the public, one of which reached ...
Brexit can strengthen the Union ? but only if handled well | The ...Spect...

Scottish independence becomes a more distant dream - The Economist

The Economist
Scottish independence becomes a more distant dream
The Economist
The shout was a painful reminder that the party's ultimate aim of independence is some way off. After an aborted push for a second referendum earlier this year (the first such plebiscite was lost by 45% to 55% in 2014), Scotland's nationalist party now ...

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Brexit, Scottish independence, same-sex marriage in Australia: What gets vote...

ABC Online
Brexit, Scottish independence, same-sex marriage in Australia: What gets voters out of bed?
ABC Online
Australians care more about same-sex marriage than Americans do about who leads their country, according to a comparison of turnout figures from recent polls. But some recent votes around the world have drawn a response far greater than either.
Yes leads on votes cast as No closes gap: ...

Catalonian and Scottish independence: Why so different? - Pursuit

Catalonian and Scottish independence: Why so different?
The Catalan and Scottish independence movements embody the divisive power of this resurgent nationalism. In both cases, radical separatists weave together periods of past conflict with present-day economic and political grievances, to construct a story ...

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SNP - Google News
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Scottish Greens are cocky after fracking ban announced by SNP and backing ove...

The Scottish Sun
Scottish Greens are cocky after fracking ban announced by SNP and backing over smacking bill bid
The Scottish Sun
And the Holyrood government have also agreed to back their MSP's bid for a smacking ban. Patrick Harvie and Co set their sights set on the Holyrood Budget. Last year, the Scottish Greens gave the SNP the parly majority they needed in exchange for the ...

Almost nine out of 10 pensioners are against making smacking kids a crime aft...

The Scottish Sun
Almost nine out of 10 pensioners are against making smacking kids a crime after SNP backed bill
The Scottish Sun
Campaigners are calling on people to register their opposition with their MSP after the SNP government backed the bill by the Greens' John Finnie to outlaw smacking. Be Reasonable Scotland claim the legislation will make criminals of mums and dads.

China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation (NYSE:SNP) Valuation According To Anal...

China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation (NYSE:SNP) Valuation According To Analysts
UK Market News
05/09/2014 ? China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation was upgraded to ?neutral? by analysts at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. They now have a USD 100.47 price target on the stock. The share price of China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation (NYSE:SNP) ...

Analyzing China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation (SNP) & Its Peers - Dispatch...

Analyzing China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation (SNP) & Its Peers
Dispatch Tribunal
China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation (NYSE: SNP) is one of 38 publicly-traded companies in the ?Oil & Gas Refining and Marketing? industry, but how does it compare to its competitors? We will compare China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation to ...

Greens chief Patrick Harvie threatened to derail the SNP Budget unless the Na...

The Scottish Sun
Greens chief Patrick Harvie threatened to derail the SNP Budget unless the Nats bow to his tax and policy demands
The Scottish Sun
His challenge to Nats Finance Secretary Derek Mackay comes ahead of the minority SNP government unveiling its spending plans, which may need Green MSPs' votes to be passed. Calling for a radical reform of the tax system, Mr Harvey told his party's ...


North Ayrshire Labour and SNP clash over Council Tax policy - Ardrossan and S...

Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald
North Ayrshire Labour and SNP clash over Council Tax policy
Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald
THE SNP have accused Labour of making misleading claims of credit last week regarding three recent policy announcements made by the First Minister. The opposition accused council leader Joe Cullinane of trying to take credit for the announcement to ...

China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation (SNP) Lifted to Buy at Zacks Investmen...

China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation (SNP) Lifted to Buy at Zacks Investment Research
Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation (NYSE:SNP) from a hold rating to a buy rating in a research note published on Wednesday. They currently have $84.00 price target on the oil and gas company's stock.

Cornerstone Capital Management Holdings Has Lowered Nucor (NUE) Position By $...

Cornerstone Capital Management Holdings Has Lowered Nucor (NUE) Position By $17.56 Million; Sensato Investors ...
Thorold News
Sensato Investors Llc decreased China Pete & Chem Corp (SNP) stake by 47.69% reported in 2017Q2 SEC filing. Sensato Investors Llc sold 59,534 shares as China Pete & Chem Corp (SNP)'s stock rose 4.36%. The Sensato Investors Llc holds 65,298 ...

Referendum (Google News)

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First Scotland, then Catalonia: Now Milan and Venice step up calls for greate...

First Scotland, then Catalonia: Now Milan and Venice step up calls for greater autonomy
However, lawmakers have agreed ahead of the forthcoming ballots that Sunday's vote is about fiscal autonomy and not secession. And while both votes have been authorized by the relevant state institutions, the referendum results will not be legally binding.
In Italy, more votes that fuel disruption of E...

First Scotland, Then Catalonia. And Now? Milan and Venice - The ... - New Yor...

New York Times
First Scotland, Then Catalonia. And Now? Milan and Venice - The ...
New York Times
A poster advertising the upcoming referendum on the back of a bus in Milan. Voters in the Northern League-governed regions of Lombardy and Veneto will ...

Brexit: No deal could trigger new independence referendum, says Scotland's le...

The Independent
Brexit: No deal could trigger new independence referendum, says Scotland's leading EU expert
The Independent
Support for a second independence referendum in Scotland could surge in the event of a no-deal Brexit, an expert on Scotland's relationship with the EU has said. Kirsty Hughes, director of the Scottish Centre on European Relations (SCER), has said a ...
Why Brexit and Catalon...

Leader: Democracy on trial in Catalan crisis - The Scotsman

The Market Oracle
Leader: Democracy on trial in Catalan crisis
The Scotsman
At the height of the Scottish referendum campaign the atmosphere was febrile. Families were split over the Yes/No question; friends stopped speaking to each other; and social media became a place where nuanced arguments were shouted down in the most ...
Spain Ignores Scotland Lesson as Catalan Independence Referendum Could ...

Nicola Sturgeon suggests second Scottish independence referendum could be hel...

The Independent
Nicola Sturgeon suggests second Scottish independence referendum could be held in next four years
The Independent
The SNP still has a mandate to hold a second independence referendum before the next Holyrood elections in 2021, Nicola Sturgeon has said. The First Minister has repeatedly stated she would not set a date for a ballot until there was greater clarity on ...
Nicola Sturgeo...

Scotland's Kurdish community gripped by independence referendum - The Scotsman

The Scotsman
Scotland's Kurdish community gripped by independence referendum
The Scotsman
The 2014 referendum on Scottish independence resonated with Kurds said Zandi, with many of those living in Scotland actively campaigning for a Yes vote. He added: ?But the referendums in Scotland and Kurdistan were two very different models, but the ...

Scottish business group steps up plans to oppose referendum - Financial Times

Financial Times
Scottish business group steps up plans to oppose referendum
Financial Times
A Scottish business campaign group is stepping up preparations to oppose a future independence referendum, warning that supporters of union with the UK ...

Comment: Why Scots should not get dewy-eyed about Catalan referendum - Herald...

Comment: Why Scots should not get dewy-eyed about Catalan referendum
I get questions on why could Spain did not "do a Scotland" and hold a referendum on secession. There is a lot of global and Scottish criticism of Spanish measures in Catalonia. This criticism is partly thanks to the very skilful communication campaign ...
Catalan referendum: Pro-independence side decl...

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The Politics Forum Latest Topics
The Politics Forum Latest Topics

The Scottish Government has been running a consultation on the potential use of fracking and coal bed mining in Scotland. Today is the last day if you want to express your views on it: ...

The Catalan government are pressing ahead with their Independence Referendum on the 1st of October despite pressure from the spanish government and courts in Madrid. Spanish premier Rajoy has promised any means possible to stop it though stopped short of declaring martial law and troops on th...

The Official President Trump thread

When will indyref2 happen?
Not when you would like it to happen, but when do you believe indyref2 will happen?

Mhairi Black appreciation thread

Brexit slowly becoming a Farce.
Let's face it, this Tory Govt has no intent on pulling out of EU. It will go on and on and on until lie of land changes!

MP or Assistant Referee?
  Tory MP misses vote be assistant referee at Champions League game Tory MP Douglas Ross is to miss a vote on universal credit to be an assistant referee at a Champions League match.

General Politics Thread
Firstly, what happened to capybara's thread? I've went back about four pages and can't find it. Am i going blind/dottled? Anyway, until it is found. I know it's purely an English/Welsh issue, but the junior doctors' dispute is not improving. Looks like the government is going to try to impose ...

Tartan Army Message Board (often features political threads)

Anything Goes - Discussion of anything not covered above Latest Topics
Anything Goes - Discussion of anything not covered above Latest Topics

Catalonia & the UK media blackout of events
What is this so called free press that we hear about ? It is quite something

Thank You
I would just like to say a big thanx to the guys and girls who have taken over the running of the TAMB. It does provide me with many hours of entertainment and enjoyment.    so THANK YOU ... and Guid Luck.   

2017 Gig Thread
Been buying quite a few tickets recently so seemed like a good time to start this!  Bought so far...... Belle & Sebastien @ O2 Academy (or I will in about 20 mins) Coldplay @ Croke Park Dublin Brian Wilson @ Kelvingrove Bandstand Shed Seven @ O2 Academy Also going to see Billy...

Rumour of snap GE -announcement 11.15
Might be rubbish but rumours abound. 

Is the swear filter still in place.
, botton.

Sean Hughes Good God - 51.  

Was gonna call it Nihilism and gardening, however what's happening in your garden?

This Board Needs Tunes
Been off the board for a few weeks and have no idea what's going on. Couldn't resurrect the original thread so here's a timely new beginning. Come on back folks!Our beautiful Scotland.

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Election fraud case against Lib Dem MSP Alex Cole-Hamilton dropped

Obesity causes cancer

Sketch: Bridging the divide at the SNP conference

Nicola Sturgeon: Scotland needs to be more equal to be more productive

Victims of abuse in care encouraged to take part in consultation on compensat...

Three quarters of Scots opposed to smacking ban, campaigners say

Scottish Government promises to make smacking ban law in Scotland

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A Brief History of Catalunya
What follows is a brief outline of Catalan history compiled quite hurriedly from notes I made whilst living and working in Spain where I was repeatedly exposed – over and over again – to a pseudo history of a forever unified Spain where Catalunya had barely ever existed. This is not and was never intended…

The Catalan Declaration of Independence
The following is Dr Mark McNaught’s unofficial translation of the Catalan Declaration of independence signed on 10th October in the Catalan Parliament. It has not yet been officially published, seeking to give time for mediation with the Spanish government. DECLARATION OF THE REPRESENTATIVES OF CATALONIA To the people of Catalonia and all the peoples of…

President of Catalunya?s Statement
Carles Puigdemont, President of Catalunya: 10/10/17 “I want to follow people?s will for Catalonia to become an independent state. We propose to suspend the effect of the independence declaration… in order to work towards putting into practice the result of the referendum… Today, we are making a gesture of responsibility in favour of dialogue. I…

An Eyewitness Account of Voting in Catalonia
Thanks to Gunther Dauwen, Director of the European Free Alliance, I was able to join the delegation of international observers touring polling stations around Barcelona. Polling stations had been chosen based on a range of criteria that indicated different levels of support for Independence. Gunther Daumen of the European Free Alliance Unlike Scotland, support for…

Catalunya wins independence vote
A very warm welcome to the independent Republic of Catalunya. Total votes: 2,262,424 Yes: 2.020.144 (90,09%) No: 176.565 (7,87%) Blank: 45.586 (2,03%) Null: 20.129 (0,89%)  

Independence is in the Streets Already ? Catalunya
A report on the revolt against Spain?s bid to stage a coup, raiding Catalan ministry HQs and arresting senior government officials. The alarm bells went off early in the morning, when nearly everyone was on their way to work, school or the day?s meetings. They had entered the Finance Ministry. They had arrested a number…

Spanish Raid Catalan Government Offices
The Spanish Civil Guard have arrested 12 high-ranking Catalan officials in a large scale anti-referendum operation. Spain has shifted up a gear this Wednesday morning. Military police Guardia Civil officers entered offices of three Catalan government ministries: Economy, Governance and Social Affairs. The raids started around 8am local time and they are part of a…

Is The Tide Turning Towards Independence?
Is the tide turning towards independence? The way to look at it is this. The vote in 2014 was a half and half split given that YES was leading and only swung back in the last week with ‘The Vow’ and various other breaches of purdah. Many Scots were taken to manager’s meetings where they…